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A couple of you were so nice to reply to my question regarding Feline Leukemia.

My sweet kitty died at home around 2AM Monday morning. I'm not able

to talk about his death just yet: it was the most horrific experience of my

life.

I'm posting this messge to implore those of you who have more than one

kitty or an indoor-outdoor cat:have him/her or them tested and vaccinated!

FLV is deadly and nothing to play around with.
 

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soo sorry to hear


2 of my kittens were concieved by a stray, so when they go to get fixed (w/in the next couple weeks) i'll definitly have them checked for it, as well as when my other cats go into the vet.

Deepest sympathy and best wishes to you.
 

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Sallyomally is right. Everyone who has a cat who is indoor/outdoor, gets a cat from a shelter that doesn't test, or brings a cat in from inside should get the cat tested. If your cat has any chance of being outside you should also get a vaccination for him/her.

I used to work at a shelter and vet clinic. FLV can be transmitted in the urine and feces. It can even be carried on a cats feet and transmitted to others.

You should also consider having a cat screened for FIV as well if it has been outside, or is from an unknown origin. FIV is transmitted during mating and when a cat is bitten by another cat. The jury is still out if it can be transmitted through urine/feces.
 

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You should also consider having a cat screened for FIV as well if it has been outside, or is from an unknown origin. FIV is transmitted during mating and when a cat is bitten by another cat. The jury is still out if it can be transmitted through urine/feces.
I also highly recommend screening for FIV and FELV for any outside cat. But as a note of clarification, FIV isn't transmitted during mating, or through urine/feces. It's only transmited when infected saliva meets uninfected blood. Thus bites are the main source of infection, however occassionaly a mother cat can pass it on to some of her kittens. The vaccine for FIV is dangerous in that negative cats will test positive--so if your cat gets loose and is caught and tested for FIV it could be euthanized because of it. The vaccine for FELV doesn't contain that worry, and is strongly recommended for cats that go outdoors.
 

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Thanks for the kind words. I am still in a state of shock.

My Randy was born in my lap (Mother Cat refused the nice box I

prepared )in 2003,along with his sis,Paula.My daugher

was an American Idol fan;hence, the names Randy and Paula were the

perfect choice!

He looked like a black pom pom,and grew to become a 14 pound

gentle giant.Randy was such a laid back kitty;we often referred

to him as our stoner cat.His greatest joy in life was to snuggle.

He was the picture of health until this awful disease hit him.

It all came on so quickly. I really tried to give him a fighting chance but

things went progressively down hill in spite of my best efforts. He would

not eat or drink . I tried using a syringe filled with watered down cat food,

but after a while that became too stressful for him;he would gag and

pant.My daughter and I decided we would take him to our vet the

next morning to say goodbye.That night,I laid down next to him,stroking him

and telling him how loved he was and how sorry I was.

Around 1:30 AM, he stumbled into my room,howling and gasping

for air.I called the emergency clinic and was told the doctor was in surgery

and would be unavailable for the next hour and a half.

I was hysterical, not knowing what to do.Randy struggled for about

15 minutes (it seemed like an eternity).I was afraid to move him or pick him

up at that point so I started praying for God to take him on.

He finally fell over and had what appeared to be a seizure,and at last

was quiet.I can't express how horrible this experience was.

Randy loved to lie in the grass, so I chose a quiet corner in the back

yard to lay him to rest.My daughter and I will plant a little patch of

flowers there.

The saddest thing about all this is that it probably didn't have to happen.

That's why I will keep saying to any cat owners who will listen-Please have

your cat tested and vaccinated.I wouldn't wish this awful experience

on anyone. Thanks for listening.
 

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Again, soooo sorry for your loss!!!


This is definitly an eye opener for me to get all my cats tested. Your story made me cry. I don't want to go through that. My cats are indoor/outdoor (on a farm) and my biggest worry was always wild animals/ticks/fleas, now I know there are more worries. (not that I didn't worry about things before, I just always thought since they're out on our land they're safe, but there is a stray around who has attacked a few of my babies, so..) Hopefully I'll be able to come up w/the funds this month (after fixing my 2 kitties) to get them all tested and vaccinated, or be able to work out a payment method w/the vet. So if it means anything, I'm definitly going to get my cats checked.

As I said before, I'm sooo sorry for your loss... Randy was lucky to have you there w/him and there's no doubt in my mind that he knew he was deeply loved.
 

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Thanks so much. Everyone has been so kind.He was a special kitty,always a

favorite at the vet.The techs used to joke about stealing him!

My daughter and I were discussing Randy's illness and she reminded me

of something;Scarlett, his mom ,came down with these symptoms about

two years ago and did test positive for FELV.She pulled through and

has been perfect since;not one problem.

We tracked it down and believe she was probably infected by a neighbor-

hood stray,the dad of her kittens.She never showed signs of coming into

heat and I did not even realize she was pregnant until about three weeks

before the babies were born,(another thing that could have been prevented;

I thought she was too young and I had plenty of time to have her spayed).

From what I understand, (those of you in the know correct me if I'm

wrong)this thing can lie dormant and never manifest any symptoms at

all.I read that if a cat is born with it,it will sometimes suddenly manifest

around the fourth year,or maybe never.

Now I am really concerned about my four remaining cats. I thought

about asking the vet if it would do any good to put them on some sort

of vitamin regimen to be sure their immune systems are in top condition.

Maybe there's a special food designed for that.

Thanks again for being so nice. You are a wonderful bunch of people!
 

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I am so sorry for your loss. Was your kitty an outdoor kitty? This disease is a risk for any & all outdoor cats & sadly even the vaccination is not 100 percent . Most vets don't even reccomend giving it because it can be ineffective & because it can cause major side effects including a false possitive on a felv test. Thats why i'm an advocate for indoor only kitties....the risks far outway any small benifits that might come from letting a cat roam free(if there even are any at all???).
 

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Thank you. All of my cats are indoor-outdoor,and had I know more about

the disease, things would definitely have been different.

The vet I visited must be one who does recommed the vaccine;

I saw posters all over the place.
 
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